Gail Gardner Blog

Hair and Makeup at Newland Hall in Essex

I loved working at Newland Hall this weekend.  Such a stunning wedding venue!  I enjoyed stying beautiful Julie and her wedding party, carrying out hair and makeup for them all.  Julia had the most beautiful yet simple wedding dress which she bought off the peg from Monsoon.  I thought she looked so elegant.  She had just below shoulder length hair and wanted a nice romantic hairstyle.  We managed to create this beautiful hairstyle without using any hair extensions or padding, just her own beautiful hair.  Her stunning hair accessory came from John Lewis and is very affordable too.  

Braxted Park – Wedding Hair and Makeup

I had a wonderful time last week with my beautiful bride Ruth.  When Ruth came for her trial, we carried out a few styles to try and find the perfect look for her dress.  After trying out a few, Ruth settled on her hair being up.  She then headed straight to her final dress fitting, with her hair all up, certain this was the perfect style.   Soon afterwards, Ruth contacted me and said she was so pleased she went for her dress fitting as the updo did not suit her dress at all and her dress needed a more romantic feminine look and her hair definitely needed to be  down.  We had already tried a few styles out at her trial so we knew where we were heading and it was an absolute joy to create such a lovely romantic hair and makeup look for her wedding day.  Here is Ruth in her beautiful dress made by Justin Alexander.  Ruths’ beautiful flowers were by the amazing Lily and May at the most stunning wedding venue Braxted Park.



Wedding Hair at Gosfield Hall in Essex

I had such a lovely morning with bride Vicki and her wedding party.  Vicki married at the most stunning venue, Gosfield Hall.  Gaynor, who was the co-ordinator on the day, was just amazing and made the entire morning run so smoothly.   Vicky had very fine hair so I enjoyed showing her what a few hair extensions and padding can do.   Vicki looked absolutely stunning on her wedding day.

Hair Padding and Hair Extensions have been incorporated to create this style.

Wedding Hair and Makeup Essex

I don’t want to speak to soon but could Summer be on the horizon at last?  I have had such a hectic few months styling lots of wonderful brides having wedding hair and makeup in Essex.  I have been working regularly at Gosfield Hall, Mulberry House, Leez Priory and Maidens Barn alongside many other Essex venues.  Here are a few before and after hairstyles.  I do not normally upload these kind of photos but I think sometimes its important to see the difference hair length, extensions and padding can make and what I can actually achieve with your own hair.  

This is a Wig

Wig styled – as normal hair

Very fine short hair

Hair extensions and padding


Just natural thick hair

No padding, extensions or product.




Naturally thick long hair

Hair styled with no padding or extensions

Very short fine hair

Mixed extensions to create high ponytail

A thick hair weft has been incorporated into this style.

Looks naturally thick with no sign of extensions



Which Photographer for your Wedding Day?

Working in the wedding industry, I get to work alongside some of the finest wedding suppliers week after week and every now and then I find myself working alongside a supplier that certainly stands out.  I was so impressed with Scott Miller Photography  that I feel I just have to give him a mention.  I worked with Scott at Gosfield Hall recently and have only just received some of the photos of my bride at the beautiful venue, Gosfield Hall.  To say I am so impressed is a huge understatement!   Scott Miller is so talented along with being just a really really nice guy.   He works very discreetly, capturing the most amazing images without you even realising.  I approached Scott to see if he had a nice image of my bride I could use, I expected to maybe find one or two that I liked but I ended up asking for so many that I have decided to put a handful of them on here.  This is only a snapshot of the wedding day.  Scotts amazing imagination and his amazing lighting are stunning .   Have a look through these photos of my bride Jemima and see how Scott has captured her magic of her day.

Why won’t Curls last in my hair?

Does this sound familiar to you?  Do you find you spend ages curling your hair to find it starts to fall out straight away?  Hair has a lot to do with genetics and how well your hair holds its shape.  Although having fine, straight hair may seem effortless, anyone with this hair type will tell you just how difficult it can be to achieve long-lasting curls.

As much as we all love soft and romantic curls, we would all much rather have curls that we can be sure will last all day. My first piece of advice for making this achievable is to choose the right products for your hair. I recommend Kenra Professional Firm Hold Mousse! Simply apply this to damp hair before blow-drying and then you can start to style. One of the most effective methods I find when curling hair, is to use a curling iron – after wrapping your hair around the iron, hold the curl and let it cool down before letting it go. By doing so, you are allowing the hair cuticle to close and set the hair in place. If you find your curls still drop, then take each fresh curl and wrap around a medium sized Roller. Continue this with the rest of your hair and allow the hair to cool before removing the rollers. Make sure to leave the curls for a few minutes before brushing them through, and then finish off the style with a good hairspray, I recommend Kenra Professional Superhold Finishing Spray by Kenra Professional. This will ensure you have romantic curls all day long!  This is exactly what I did with Bride Jemima who married at the weekend at Gosfield Hall.  She had beautiful hair for the entire day and lasting right through the weekend.  


Wedding Hair at Gaynes Park Barnes – Essex

Spent yesterday morning with beautiful Daisy and her bridal party styling their hair for the wedding at the amazing Gaynes Park Barnes in Epping.  Daisy wanted her hair to be half up with lots of tumbling curls falling around her face. 

Wedding Hair and Makeup in Essex at Maidens Barn

This is beautiful Ann who married on Saturday at Maidens Barn.  Ann opted for a very sleek hairstyle and wanted a natural makeup with more focus on the eyes.  We had such a wonderful morning.  

Wedding Hair and Makeup at Gosfield Hall – Essex

This is beautiful Jemima who married at the most wonderful venue Gosfield Hall.  An incredible bride.  Things did not go exactly according to plan for Jemima but she remained calm throughout the entire morning until everything eventually worked itself out.  One amazing lady.  I styled beautiful Jemima using products by Kenra Professional to ensure her beautiful curls stayed in all day.

Wedding Hair and Makeup in Essex – The Harvard Inn

This is a stunning bridesmaid who opted for a very elegant hairstyle for her sisters wedding on Saturday.  We prepared the bride and her bridal party at The Harvard Inn in Stock Chelmsford.  Using only the finest products, this hairstyle looked so beautiful and her hair so glossy.  The perfect hairstyle for a very elegant lady.

Wedding Hair Chelmsford – Crondon Park

This is lovely Claire who married on Saturday at Crondon Park Hotel. Claires hair is quite short so she was amazed to see that I could put her hair up and make it look like she had lots of hair.

Wedding Hair at the Fennes in Braintree Essex

Congratulations to the lovely Sarah who married at The Fennes in Braintree.  Sarah had two beautiful daughters who were her flower girls.  Beautiful hair accessories by

Wedding Hair and Makeup at Newland Hall Essex

This is lovely Em who recently married at the most stunning Newland Hall in Essex  Em had a twilight wedding so we did not start hair and makeup until 4pm!  Em married at 6pm.  Can you believe this is all Emilys hair with no extensions!  Using the right technique and products, Emilys stunning glossy curls and makeup held for the entire evening. Congratulations Emily. xx

Wedding Hair at Leez Priory in Essex

Just some more photos of Lucy as these really show off her hairstyle.  I just had to upload these wonderful photos taken by Lauren Henson Photography.  What an amazing photographer!  Its rare for me to want so many photos of the bride but I was spoilt for choice.  Thank you so much Lauren.   Makeup by fabulous Sam from Beautiful You.


Wedding Hair at Leez Priory in Essex

I had the most wonderful morning at Leez Priory styling beautiful Lucy and her bridal party.  Lucy was originally a little unsure of the style she wanted, so we tried everything at her hair trial.  We had a lovely morning trying out different styles, we added some hair extensions and padding and the rest just happened.  I was so excited to transform Lucy on her wedding morning.  She really did look a picture.  I also got to meet the most amazing photographer, Lauren Henson who I cannot recommend highly enough.  

Wedding Hair at Leez Priory in Essex

Beautiful Lucy who married at Leez Priory.  Lucy had extensions incorporated to give her the fabulous volume to create this style.

Bridal Hair and Makeup in Essex

Kelly – Gosfield Hall

Wedding Hairstylist and Makeup Artist Essex

Emily & Danute – Westcliff-on-Sea

Wedding Hair and Makeup Artist in Essex

Mulberry House, Ongar, Essex

Wedding Hair and Makeup in Essex

Wishing all my past and future brides a Happy New Year.  Looking forward to my first wedding of 2018 in January.  I have replenished my stock of hair products and pins and I am now all ready for a very busy 2018.  Happy New Year everyone.  Gail xx

Weddings 2018

To all my lovely brides to be.  2018 is looking to be one of my busiest years to date.  If you have been in contact with me about your wedding date, and have made the decision to book my services, please ensure you return the booking form at your earliest opportunity.  Unfortunately I cannot hold dates without a completed booking form.  Often brides miss out, by leaving it till the end of the day to complete, and someone else has beaten them to their date.  This happens very often and can all happen within a matter of hours.   Please ensure you secure all your favourite suppliers for your wedding day as soon as you discover they are available, to avoid any disappointment.  Even if your wedding is 2 years away.   This really is a valuable tip.   Thank You.  Gail xx



Wedding Hairstylist of the Year 2016 – 2017

Beautiful Gemma, married at Old Brook Barn, Navestock on Saturday.


Wedding Hair in Essex, Braxted Park

Another busy week of weddings.  I absolutely love Braxted Park and had the most wonderful day with Victoria and her bridal party on her wedding day.  Photography by Neil Bailey –























Wedding Hair in Essex – Essex Venues

Well Summer is well and truly under way with all my beautiful brides and bridesmaids having wonderful romantic hairstyles and choosing the most perfect wedding dresses and bridesmaids dresses.  I have been working at so many different venues this month.  Gosfield Hall, Maidens Barn, Blake Hall in Ongar, Channels Lodge, Leez Priory and Mulberry House.  Here is one of my brides.  This wonderful lady is wearing a wig and she was very self conscious about this but she had absolutely nothing to worry about.  She looked amazing.  I took a ‘before’ and ‘after’ photos.  I look forward to sharing some more beautiful styles with you very soon.  Gail x




























































Weddings in 2017 – Wedding Hair and Makeup Ideas

After all the excitement of winning Wedding Hairstylist of the Year in November and my very busy few months with weddings, I have not had the opportunity to update you with all my latest brides etc.  I have met some wonderful brides, here are just a few of the hairstyles I have been creating.  I am now already becoming booked up for 2018 so please contact me to see if I have your date still available.   Gail x

That Amazing Place wedding venue Harlow Essex | wedding photographer - Scott Miller photography






















































































































































Wedding Hairstylist of the Year 2016 !!












I am so very proud to announce I have won this years Wedding Hairstylist of the Year award.  I am completely overwhelmed as I was amongst 9 of the most talented finalists in this category.  Its going to take me a while to come back down to earth but in the meantime I am going to continue enjoying styling all my lovely brides and ladies who have booked me for their special day.  xxx